Shoes REPAIR. Vehicles are having problems passing through a temporary bridge while this bridge in Barangay Tiling, Cauayan town in Negros Occidental is being repaired by the Department of Public Works and Highways.* ( Ronnie Baldonado photo )

Mar taps former guv
for parallel campaign
Will Neg. Occ. LP chair back Grace Poe?

Liberal Party presidential aspirant Mar Roxas has tapped former Gov. Rafael Coscolluela to head a private-sector driven parallel campaign for him in Negros Occidental.

Coscolluela yesterday said the parallel campaign will be composed of diverse groups of volunteers who have already signified their intention to help.

Their campaign group will be working separately from that of the Liberal Party and other political groups, Coscolluela said.moremoremore

Negros Island
Command still in limbo

The reactivation of the Negros Island Command, in line with the recent creation of Negros Island Region, as proposed by then Armed Forces chief of staff Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang, still seems to be in a stage of “limbo”, with the Philippine National Police tentatively activating the Police Regional Office 18 within this week.

Maj. Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero, 3rd Infantry Division commander, who heads the Philippine Army in islands of Panay, Negros and Cebu, said yesterday that the proposal remains under study.

In the meantime, Guerrero said they will have to contend with the present Army forces in Negros and Panay islands, which they have targeted to be insurgency-free by next year.moremoremore


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300 senior citizens get
P2,000 from DSWD R-7

Three hundred indigent senior citizens of Dumaguete City, aged 77 years old and above, received recently P2,000 each from the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Region 7, sourced from the Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB) of the national government.

City social welfare officer Carola Alquero said this year's recipients are indigent senior citizens who do not have pensions from the Social Security System, Government Service Insurance System and the like, and those not receiving a social pension of P500 per month.

About P500,000 was appropriated for the cash payout, including the city's counterpart of P100,000. The distribution was led by Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria, who said he wants to continue the program next year and lower the cut-off age to 65 years old.moremoremore